With new events added weekly, non-profits like the Kostopulos Dream Foundation are fundraising with Scott Helmer's 'Support YOUR Cause' tour
Phoenix, Ariz. – Independent touring and recording artist Scott Helmer, who has opened for iconic acts such as Heart, Eddie Money, 3 Doors Down, Jeff Bridges, Eric Burdon & The Animals, and Big Country, is spending a year and a half traveling more than 25,000 miles across America, donating his time and talent by performing at 200+ concerts for free in venues ranging from historic theatres to Harley-Davidson dealerships, to help raise $1 million for good causes. The tour continues to gain momentum, recently passing the $300,000 mark. On Saturday May 30, Helmer will help raise funds for the Kostopulos Dream Foundation with a benefit concert at Camp Kostopulos in Salt Lake City UT.
Helmer’s upcoming participation in the Family Fun Day and Concert in the Canyon marks his second appearance on behalf of the Kostopulos Dream Foundation, whose mission is opening up a world of possibilities for people with disabilities and special needs. Last year’s event raised $8,500 for the Foundation, which has set its sites for this year’s event to raise $25,000. “Our most vulnerable populations deserve the opportunity to experience the growth that can happen during a summer camp adventure. I’m so pleased that the Foundation has asked me to come back,” Helmer said.
The Foundation’s president and CEO, Mircea Divricean, had this to say about Helmer’s previous appearance: “Scott played with an energy that was contagious. He stayed longer than he needed to, making sure every child received a guitar pick and every fan could have their photo taken. His story of losing it all and making a comeback is powerful.”
The Support YOUR Cause Tour 2014-2015 began on May 17, 2014 with a motorcycle ride and concert to benefit Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) at Los Angeles Harley-Davidson of Anaheim CA, and will end with the final benefit concert on December 31, 2015. Until then, historic theatres, charities, and good causes can still register to be considered.
The entertainer’s offer to all charities and nonprofits across America is straightforward: Upbeat, energetic solo-acoustic set of rock and country favorites along with original material from his new CD, Wake Me When It’s Over, at their fundraising event free of charge. To date, more than 150 groups, including seventy-five historic theatres have signed up, ranging from the NeuroScaffold Foundation in NYC to the historic Midland Theatre in Ohio. Helmer will not handle any money or donations on behalf of organizations during his performances on the tour. His only requirement is that each historic theatre or charity has a goal of raising at least $10,000 during its event.
After making a huge mistake back in 2008 that cost him his livelihood and his family, Helmer hit the reset button on his life to focus on three simple things: Creating music, performing music, and helping others, which is why he’s also an enthusiastic volunteer for Musicians On Call. Helmer notes, “If I can come back from the brink, anyone can. I hope my story inspires others to never give up.”
Historic theatres and other good causes interested in fundraising with Helmer's tour can be considered by filling out the registration form. Scott Helmer proudly endorses Elixir Strings, Gator Cases and Pedaltrain. Helmer is also accepting tour sponsors. Businesses and individuals can learn more here.